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Arthur R. Eldred Chapter, National Eagle Scout Association
Theodore Roosevelt Council,
Nassau County New York

This page has information for both Eagle Scouts and units planning Eagle Courts of Honor

Member of National NESA and want to be a Chapter member?

If you became an Eagle Scout, or are an Eagle Scout living or working in Nassau County, NY you are welcome to join us. Our only requirement is that you belong to the National NESA organization, which is a good idea in any case. You can join national NESA at www.nesa.orgExternal Link.The Chapter has no dues - all you have to do is come to meetings.

We post announcements on this page, and also on our Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Eagle_Scouts_Nassau_County/External Link

We typically meet the 3rd Monday every odd month except July..

Our Chapter meetings typically are a tour of a facility followed by a short business meeting. The facilities are frequently places the general public doesn't see. We've been backstage at theaters and arenas, inside air traffic control facilities, going through UPS facilities and medivac helicopters, and watching Underwriters Labs blow things up. You don't want to miss our Chapter activities.

Eagle Recognition Event - Click Here to Register TODAY

Our traditional Eagle Recognition Event will be Sunday, January 7 1-4PM at the Garden City Hotel, honoring the Council's new Eagle Scouts from April 1, 2016 to the end of 2017. This is following our new brunch format, and it's going to be an exciting time. The new Eagles get to attend the event for free as a guest of the Chapter and our sponsors. Adults can attend the event as a sponsor for $150 (to cover your brunch plus that of one of the new Eagles), with higher levels of sponsorship available for those who want to make a deeper commitment to Scouting. Dress is Class A Field Uniform for the new Eagles and business attire for the sponsors. Parents of new Eagles are welcome to become sponsors for the event. RSVP for the event is December 11. If you have any questions, you can contact Julio Garcia at the Council Service Center (516-797-7600 julio.garcia@scouting.org), or our Chapter Chair Jerry Katz (516-318-5594 heatdoc@optonline.net).

Have an Eagle Court of Honor coming up?

Would you like us to present the new Eagle with a certificate from our Chapter recognizing their accomplishment, or borrow our Eagle badge stand (see photo)? Send an email to eagle386@scouting.org.

Need help planning a Court of Honor?

We've been to a lot of Courts of Honor, and can help you in your planning. Send an email to eagle386@scouting.org.

What is NESA?

The National Eagle Scout Association exists to identify Eagle Scouts and to provide a manpower resource for local councils. The primary objective of local chapters is to guide Eagle Scouts of all ages into service within the local council. All BSA councils have membership enrolled in the National Eagle Scout Association.

NESA is young men searching for a dynamic and challenging leadership roles. NESA is older Eagle Scouts who desire using their efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership. The objective of NESA is to serve—to serve Eagle Scouts and through them, the entire movement of Scouting.

For those Eagles who are college bound, NESA also offers a wide range of scholarships to its members. For more information, go to www.nesa.org.

Our namesake: Arthur R. Eldred - The First Eagle Scout

Arthur R. Eldred, for whom the Theodore Roosevelt Council’s National Eagle Scout Association Chapter is named, holds the distinction of being the first Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Arthur Eldred was born in Brooklyn, New York, August 16, 1895. His father died when he was a young boy, and he was raised by his mother on a small farm on Long Island. He became a member of Troop 1, Rockville Centre, Long Island in November 1910, just eight months after the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America.

Arthur Eldred advanced rapidly through the ranks, becoming a First Class Scout by March 1911 and by April 1912, he had completed the last of 21 merit badges required for Eagle. To make sure that Arthur Eldred was worthy of the Boy Scouts of America’s first Eagle Badge, he was reviewed not only by his own troop’s board of review, but by a special board composed of the three major founders of Scouting - Chief Scout Executive James E. West, Chief Scout Ernest Thompson Seton, and National Scout Commissioner Dan Beard. In a letter dated August 21, 1912, West formally notified Eldred that he was the first Eagle. Because the die had not yet been cut for the Eagle badge, Arthur Eldred had to wait until Labor Day to get his emblem of honor.

Need more information contact:

Jerry Katz
Chairman, Arthur R. Eldred Chapter
National Eagle Scout Association
Theodore Roosevelt Council
Telephone: 516-318-5594
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